Front Line SA officers set to oppose shoot-to-kill laws and more Zedlines

South Australian Police are currently restricted from using lethal force against a person unless there is an immediate threat to life, and this is set to stay the same with many front-line officers opposing proposed shoot to kill laws.

The South Australian Opposition said in August they would install shoot-to-kill powers in the event of a terror threat if they won Government in the March election, however the Police Association says there will be no support of any such laws unless there was full criminal and civil immunity.

The union will meet today for the annual delegate conference, with an expected announcement regarding the shoot to kill laws in the coming weeks.

Complaints made against Corrective Services
The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) made a series of complaints, to the Queensland Corrective Services (QCS), about the behaviour of staff towards Islamic inmates at the Arthur Gorrie correctional centre (AGCC).

The council’s appeal for action was unsuccessful, according to a QCS spokesperson, on the grounds that no further evidence was provided to substantiate the claims.

The GEO Group, who privately owns the AGCC, is aware QCS has received complaints directly from the ICQ which were investigated by QCS.

Toowoomba businesses score job-boosting Qld Govt grants

The Palaszczuk Government’s $20 million Made in Queensland program has awarded $60,000 in grants to 3 Toowoomba-based companies who employ over 100 people.

The fortunate 3 companies are Toowoomba Engineering, Stahmann Farm Enterprises, and Specialised metal fabrication Obadare.

They follow the steps of 4 other local companies – Gessner Industries, Global Rotomoulding, DA Hall & Co and Lionel Moore Trailers – to have secured Made in Queensland funds.

Child dies from Meningococcal in NT
A child at a Darwin childcare centre has died of the deadly meningococcal disease, resulting in authorities investigating a potential outbreak of the W strain of the disease in Central Australia has spread to the Northern Territory capital.

The NT Department of Health says it is unlikely the current case is linked to an outbreak of meningococcal in Central Australia, but tests are underway to confirm this.

Other children at the centre have been given antibiotics to protect them from the disease.

World Food Day
Today marks World Food Day, with countries all over the world in famine including Central African Country Chad with 350,000 people in danger of starvation due to dismal food supplies and a loss of livestock, land and crops.

The African nation currently ranks 186 or 188 countries on the UN’s most recent Human Development Index, which compares wealth, health and key indicators around the world.

Life expectancy in Chad is currently sitting at 52, with an average per capita income less than $2,500 Australian dollars, this is in comparison to Australia’s ranking of 2 out of 188 with life expectancy sitting at 82.5 and an average per capita income of $43,000.

Panama Papers journalist killed
A car bomb in Malta has killed the journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption outside her home on Monday afternoon.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, described as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”, was killed when her car was destroyed by a powerful explosion, blowing the vehicle into several pieces.

Ms Caruana Galizia often garnered more readers to her blog than the circulation of the country’s newspaper, with her latest findings connecting Malta’s prime minister and his two closest aides to offshore companies linked to the illegal sale of Maltese passports.